Improvements in cruise safety on Halong Bay, but further progress needed.
In the 18 months since the sinking of an overnight cruise, authorities have taken significant steps to improve cruise safety on the bay. The international coverage of that tragic event, at one of Vietnam’s most visited tourist destinations, resulted in the Quang Ninh Provincial People’s Committee issuing new and more stringent safety regulations governing the Halong Bay cruise industry. These safety regulations stipulate a higher level of compulsory safety requirements and standards, stiffer penalties for non-compliance and more rigorous monitoring regimes. In parallel with the new regulations, Port Authorities have been provided with increased resources and training.